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U-S Jets Pound Targets Around Kabul, Kandahar; - 2001-10-11


Sporadic anti-aircraft fire has been seen raking the skies above Kabul where US jets dropped bombs Thursday close to a military garrison near the airport.

People in the airport area scurried to flee -- using taxicabs and bikes.

The planes were the first to attack Kabul since an overnight raid that is being described as the heaviest action yet of the U-S led campaign against the Taleban and alleged terrorist Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.

The Taleban ambassador to Pakistan (Abdul Salam Zaeef) said as many as 100 people have been reported killed in the past days of aerial attacks throughout Afghanistan and that the death toll is rising daily. In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said he has no way to verify if any civilians were killed. He said only military facilities were targeted.

The Taleban envoy also said the real war will begin when Americans enter his country - apparently referring to news reports that U-S forces may be preparing for a ground assault to destroy suspected terrorist cells.

The ambassador said Saudi exile bin Laden is still barred from using Afghan territory to launch attacks against any country, but he is now allowed to speak publicly.

Earlier, an American television network (C-N-N) broadcast pictures showing residents of the southern Afghan city of Kandahar fleeing after a night of intense bombing of the Taleban stronghold.

U-S jets also reportedly bombed a Taleban military base in Shamshaad, about four-kilometers from the Pakistani border.

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